South Side Irish Parade is Back, Minus Booze
The parade committee canceled the event in 2009 due to the arrests and public drunkenness. Officials promise a "zero tolerance" policy regarding alcohol this year, but do you think that will be enforced?
The South Side Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade is returning to Beverly in 2012 after a two-year hiatus.
The South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee canceled the event in 2009 because officials believed the parade, which had become a booze-soaked, arrest-fest — had become too much of a disruption to the neighborhood. But the Sun-Times reported that the Chicago Department of Transportation issued a permit to the parade committee for March 11.
The catch? No booze allowed. Police will enforce a "zero-tolerance" policy.
Details of the event aren't available yet, but the parade's Facebook page asks fans to stay tuned for news and updates.
Without the South Side parade to attend, suburban alternatives attracted more parade-goers. Tinley Park restricted alcohol to bar areas in 2010 due to fears of rowdy spillover from people who used to go to the South Side Irish parade, but in 2011 loosened the restrictions a bit after things went smoothly.